eHarlequin.com has announced the October 2010 titles for their Worldwide imprint, your partner in crime. Amateur sleuths, traditional cozies, police procedurals and private-eye fiction, written by award-winning authors. For more information or to purchase any of the books below, click on the book title or book cover. (Previous months titles can be found on the backlist page.)
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Assumed Dead by Eleanor Sullivan
A Monika Everhardt Mystery (3rd in series)
Two gravely injured head trauma patients—and two mysteries—arrive in nurse Monika Everhardt's ICU on the same day. The first is a John Doe whose car crashed during a high-speed police chase. The second is a woman who was bludgeoned in a bank parking lot. Police suspect the victim's husband. But Monika knows genuine grief when she sees it and she's got her eye on someone else: the husband's ex-wife.
Things get interesting when Monika's friend believes the John Doe may be her long lost brother, presumed dead for several years. But if he is, what was he doing with a stolen car from Texas and the ID of a dead man from New York? As Monika uncovers pieces of the shocking truth about why these patients ended up in her care, the hectic daily routine of life and death … becomes murder.
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Death and Honesty by Cynthia Riggs
A Victoria Trumbull Mystery (8th in series)
April arrives in Martha's Vineyard, bringing two of life's inescapable certainties—death and taxes.
When the body of a local resident is found inside the home of one of the town's three tax assessors—along with some incriminating evidence of an embezzlement scheme—ninety-two-year-old sleuth Victoria Trumbull is on the case. Also falling under Victoria's eagle eye is the arrival of the glamorous, estranged wife of a popular televangelist. She's eager to buy some island property. But someone knows something about the woman's sordid past and isn't above blackmail to keep silent.
It's just the beginning of a trail of bodies, illicit doings and secrets that collide in the brisk ocean air on Victoria's doorstep. And when her search for a missing tax assessor leads to a dangerous truth, it takes the insight and experience of a thirteenth-generation islander to fit the puzzle pieces together—and outwit a ruthless foe.
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Yellow as Legal Pads by Fran Stewart
A Biscuit McKee Mystery (2nd in series)
The honeymoon is over far too soon for Martinsville, Georgia, librarian and newlywed Biscuit McKee—cut short by untimely murder. The victim had been out taking an evening jog. His killer had a deadly agenda and a vial full of poison. Biscuit's new husband, Bob, attempted to revive the stricken man, only to absorb a near fatal dose of the toxin, himself. Now, Biscuit's lonely vigil outside the ICU revolves around the big questions: how could this happen and why?
With her clever feline companion Marmalade offering unsolicited insights, Biscuit unwittingly finds herself unraveling a decades-old mystery of ruthlessness, betrayal and mistaken identity. While Bob lingers in a coma, dark deeds of the past resurface and Biscuit discovers life is getting complicated on many fronts … and infinitely more dangerous.
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At Risk of Being a Fool by Jeanette Cottrell
With her husband confined to a nursing home, retired teacher Jeanie McCoy works part-time in an at-risk youth program, helping six troubled students prepare for the GED exam. Her students have police records and most are repeat offenders. So when a pipe bomb explodes at a Delancey Brothers construction site and injures a man, the police target one of Jeanie's students employed there.
Jeanie is very protective of her "kids"; she sees the vulnerable, softer side each one hides behind a tough veneer. But she knows they've got their secrets, and decides the only way to help is to tackle the mystery herself. As more pipe bombs go off and the stakes are raised to murder, suspicion on Jeanie's class mounts. Her grit and determination not to let these kids down lure her into a deadly game against an opponent with a dangerous mind.
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